On Sunday, a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter notified dispatch of a high-speed boat cooking it north just 90 miles west of San Nicholas Island, which is just over 100 kilometers southwest of Los Angeles.
A Coast Guard ship in the area straight lined it to the scene. But by that time the smuggler had ditched his load and hightailed it out of there, leaving more than 6,500 pounds of seeded, compressed pot floating on the waves in the pacific. In total, 245 bales of pot wrapped in plastic were recovered.
According to our sister blog at the LA Weekly, the Coast Guard says they don’t estimate the value of marijuana anymore because too many variables come into play, including quality. According to PriceofWeed.com, though, the value could have been as high as $1 million.
Which brings us to the burning question: who the fuck would be buying all of this crap bud on the pacific coast? California-grown herb is among the best in the world, and there’s plenty of it to go around. The same is true for Washington and Oregon – two states with large cannabis growing populations themselves.
Over the last few months, bales of shitty, schwaggy marijuana have been turning up on California beaches abandoned by the smugglers that brought it up from (likely) Mexico. Officials can’t point to any reasons for the rash in discoveries lately, other than saying their efforts to eradicate smuggling are working. We here at Toke blame El Nino.
Coast Guard officials place the blame in the Sinaloa cartel, who they say are “exploiting” sea routes to move their crap weed up north.
Remember friends, if you’re going to smoke – smoke local.